$: $10 and under
$$: $10 to $15
$$$: $15 and up
Casual dining in a fun-loving atmosphere is the stock in trade of Chattanooga's bars and grills. If you're craving a burger and a beer, here's your road map to bliss.
Bud's Sports Bar
5751 Brainerd Road
The atmosphere is casual, but the food offerings range from typical bar fare such as potato skins and fried pickles to near-gourmet offerings, including ribeye and pan-seared tilapia. Also, don't miss the "nearly famous wings." $
Chattanooga Billiard Club
110 Jordan Road, 499-3883, and 725 Cherry St., 267-7740
Rack up a plate of good food at Chattanooga's favorite billiards hall, which is open until 3 a.m. Chicken fingers and burgers join a fully stocked bar with a wide variety of beers on tap and in bottles to keep players satiated during marathon pool or dart sessions. A fully stocked AVA cigar bar occupies the club's downstairs level. $$
3018 Cummings Highway
A cozy place known for its filets, this grill is a nice addition to the Lookout Valley community with a full bar and a weekly karaoke session. $$
Fox and Hound Pub and Grille
2040 Hamilton Place Blvd.
You'll find fish and chips alongside dishes with a more domestic slant at this local branch of a national chain of Old English-style pubs. The menu also includes choices such as Jamaican chicken, pastas and pizza. $$
Hair of the Dog Pub
334 Market St.
Looks like an English pub and tastes like one, too. Babe the Blue Ox burger is the signature burger and for good reason -- the flavor is remarkable. Head upstairs for a game of pool or darts and have your beer delivered via a wooden dumbwaiter. $
1018 E. M.L. King Blvd.
Chicken wings, chicken fingers and fried chicken are the specialty of this staple late-night watering hole, but salads, jumbo shrimp and club sandwiches are available to satisfy a midnight snacking urge. Prepare to be wowed by the velvet lining the walls. $
Midtown Music Hall
818 Georgia Ave.
Situated at the opposite end of Patten Parkway from nightlife newcomer Honest Pint, Midtown features great pizza, quesadillas, wings and burgers. A weekly slate of live music offerings keeps things interesting on the weekends, and plasma TVs make it a great place to watch sports, too. $
116 Chickamauga Blvd., Rossville
Corner diner with a 1950s atmosphere offers "signature" dishes including a bologna burger, chicken fingers and fries, Philly cheese steak, super burger and a veggie sub as well as nine other sandwiches, plus daily specials, salads, chili and homemade milkshakes. $$
The Terminal Brewhouse
6 E. 14th St.
Try several craft beers, including seasonal offerings, brewed in-house in this hip, restored landmark at the intersection of downtown and the bustling Southside neighborhood. The menu includes offerings such as steaks, burgers, stuffed sandwiches and generous sampler platters. $$
Top Of The Dock
5600 Lake Resort Terrace
This venue's motto is "Where it's always 5 o'clock," a claim lived up to by daily drink specials, great food and an excellent view of Chickamauga Lake. The restaurant also offers a pair of dance floors for those struck by the mood to move. $$